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5 Delicious, Curated and Critic-Approved Wines to Try

5 Delicious, Curated and Critic-Approved Wines to Try

Curated – adj.  “Selected, organized and presented using professional or expert knowledge.”

If you ever take the time to talk to one of Heinen’s Wine Consultants, you will quickly recognize that you are engaging with a true wine professional, who leverages passion and knowledge to provide tasty wine recommendations.  It’s with that same passion and expertise that we introduce wine features that capture our never-ending ‘thirst’ for knowledge. Even better, they are also picks that the critics love too!  When you see these wines, you can be assured that these curated wines provide delicious enjoyment and are terrific values to boot!

2017 High Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

The mountains high above Clear Lake, California are home to unique vineyards bearing fruit that is both dramatic and complex.  This delicious Cab has berry-soaked flavors and a smooth texture that is quite irresistible and will make a tremendous partner to your favorite beef dish.  92 Points – Wine Enthusiast


2016 Amicone Red

We like to call this extraordinary Italian value a ‘Baby Amarone.”  This is because Amicone is made with the same ‘drying’ process of the just-harvested grapes that result in incredibly concentrated flavors in the wine.  Its fresh raspberry and spice flavors are bold and tasty and demand to be paired with red-sauced pasta!  97 Points – Luca Maroni


2018 Zolo “Unoaked” Chardonnay

This vibrant white from Argentina proves that Chardonnay doesn’t need to see oak to be delicious!  Crisp apple and citrus flavors lead to a fresh and bright wine that is great as a sipper or can be enjoyed with your favorite salad for a light and simple dinner.  92 Points – James Suckling


2015 Colossal Portuguese Red 

“Colossal” is its name and its taste!  It features ripe plum and boysenberry flavors that weave together with smoky, dried herb notes.  If you like spicy pork or poultry dishes, here’s the wine for you!  90 Points – Wine Spectator


2018 Santa Julia “Reserva” Red Blend

The ubiquitous grape of Mendoza, Argentina partners with Cabernet Franc to create a unique and flavorful wine.  Dark fruit flavors and spicy oak notes are balanced by smooth tannins that beg for another sip.  We love this one with hearty winter stews!  91 Points – Wine Advocate



For a limited time, find these wines in our Critic’s Pick section of the Wine Department.

Ed Thompkins

By Ed Thompkins

Ed Thompkins brings over 30 years of experience in wine and beer purchasing, events and tasting initiatives to Heinen's. He is passionate about making wine fun and easy to understand and shares his experiences and knowledge with frequent tastings and events for Heinen’s customers. While respecting the past, Ed’s enthusiasm for discovering new and exciting wines and applications offers fresh perspective that wine experts and novices alike can enjoy.

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